Garrett Lewis, KFSM-TV’s Chief Meteorologist, can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, 9 & 10 p.m. Garrett’s passion for forecasting and weather comes from growing up in the small Arkansas town of Alma.

Garrett has witnessed some of the most amazing weather events unfold in our area including the 1996 Van Buren tornado, the crippling ice storms of 2000 & 2009, the flooding of 2004, 2006 Benton County tornado, & the 2011 Altus-Denning EF4 Twister.

“At the end of the day, people just want to know whether or not it’s going to rain & how much the weather will impact their life. Snow, tornadoes, rain, sunshine… weather is the only thing that affects everybody… everyday. I love my job. There’s nothing in the world better than forecasting weather for Arkansas & Oklahoma.”

Some of his most memorable weather moments stem from storm chasing in the Great Plains, including the May 3, 1999 outbreak which spawned several tornadoes in Central Oklahoma. Garrett also reported live in 100mph winds as Hurricane Lili made landfall near New Iberia, Louisiana.

Garrett joined 5NEWS on-air in July of 2001. Garrett now works as the Chief Meteorologist and can be seen at 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. Garrett holds a B.S. Degree in Geosciences and an M.S. Degree in Applied Meteorology Mississippi State University. His graduate work focused on the social science applications in severe weather.

In addition, Garrett has been awarded both the ‘National Weather Association’s Seal of Approval’ Seal #1581 and the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. Seal #0410878. Garrett has been recognized by the Arkansas Associated Press for his weathercasts including the award of ‘Best Weathercast’ multiple times.

Off camera, Garrett sits on the board of the Benton County Children’s Advocacy Center and the State of Arkansas’ board for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. Both advocate for child protection and for the prevention and treatment of sexually or physically abused children.

Garrett and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 13 years and have a son & daughter.

Recent Articles
  • Tracking Storms Late Wednesday Into Thursday

    Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop late this evening across Oklahoma and Texas and then move into Arkansas around Midnight. The southern line of storms will consist of storms that develop along the dry-line and will likely be severe. At this point it appears the worst of these storms could stay to our south. The northern line of storms will develop along a cold front in Kansas and Oklahoma and weaken as it moves east. Lingering rain will be ongoing […]

  • Expect A Rainy Saturday

    Rain will be likely for much of Saturday. The rain is a result of a strong low pressure system passing to our south. The highest energy and spin will pass south of our area with Eastern Texas and Louisiana experiencing the highest risk for tornadoes and hail. The low will force moisture up and over the warm front leading to persistent rainfall spreading from south to north across our area. This will be a constant rain with higher rainfall totals […]

  • Cool Start To Friday

    Temperatures have been running much colder than 24-hours ago with lows expected to fall into the upper 30s and low 40s. By the afternoon on Friday, we’ll see highs back into the 60s to near 70 with mostly sunny skies. Rain moves back into the area for most of the upcoming weekend; especially Saturday. -Garrett

  • Windy; Near Record Highs

    This is a look at the current wind gusts across the area. Gusts have frequently measured over 40mph. Wind will continue into the evening with a wind shift likely later tonight around midnight with the passage of the front. Wind advisories are in effect in Northwest Arkansas and gusts could approach 50mph across the higher terrain. Low humidity and high winds have created dangerous fire weather conditions across our area. Brush fires will rapidly spread this afternoon. Conditions will improve […]

  • Meteor Causes Sonic Boom Thursday Evening

    The GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) capture a meteor in NE Oklahoma around 5:20pm. The meteor was visible across much of the area and a large green fireball. The meteor created a smoke trail as it burned across the ski; Tisha Rowley shot this picture of the smoke. The meteor generated a sonic boom as it burned entering Earth’s atmosphere; the boom was heard across much of our area. If you heard a low rumble or something that sounded like […]

  • Turning Warmer; Next Two Storm Chances

    In the wake of unusually cold weather, we’ll see more chances for Spring thunderstorms this week. Wednesday Night/Thursday: The first chance for more showers and thunderstorms will arrive on Wednesday night with storms that develop in Oklahoma eventually moving east into Arkansas. The primary severe risk appears to be large hail. Saturday Night into Sunday: Our next chance for thunderstorms will be over the weekend and will once again pose at least a small risk for severe weather late Saturday […]

  • What’s Causing The Smoky Skies In Fayetteville?

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — If you’re trying to enjoy the warm weather in Fayetteville today, you may have noticed the air is unusually smoky. A large controlled burn is underway NW of Ozark Arkansas. The south winds have carried the smoke from Crawford and Franklin county across Washington and Benton County. The smoke will continue into the evening. The City says the slight winds are carrying the smoke north and humidity is keeping it low in the sky. According to […]

  • Controlled Burns Spreading Smoke Across Area

    A large controlled burn is underway NW of Ozark Arkansas. The south winds have carried the smoke from Crawford and Franklin county across Washington and Benton County. The smoke will continue into the evening. According to the forestry commission, this fire is burning 9,135 acres. Controlled burns are common in March and early April when vegetation is dead and humidity is low. -Garrett

  • Camden Explosion Measured Seismically, Heard For Miles

    A truck carrying ammonium nitrate exploded shortly after 7am Wednesday morning near Camden, Arkansas. EXPLOSION CLAIMS LIFE OF TRUCK DRIVER: Remains of an individual suspected to be those of Randall McDougal, 63, of El Dorado, have been recovered from the site of an explosion……Read: — AR State Police (@ARStatePolice) March 27, 2019 The explosion was heard for miles and even measured seismically. This is the helicorder located at White Oak Lake Arkansas and maintained by the Arkansas Geological […]

  • WATCH: Warmer Today, Showers Possible Tomorrow

    Another cool morning will quickly turn into a warm afternoon with highs in the 60s and 70s.     Highs today:

  • The Upcoming Rain Chances In Detail

    Wednesday will be another super nice day across Arkansas with highs in the 70s for most of us with mostly sunny skies. Rain chances will start to increase on Wednesday night with rain chances continuing thru at least Saturday morning. There are three time frames I’m watching: Thursday: Showers arrive late Wednesday and continue during the day. The highest chances will be in Missouri with NW Arkansas likely seeing higher chances than farther south. Friday: With daytime heating, we could […]

  • Stormy Sunday Timeline

    Strong thunderstorms will develop along and ahead of an advancing cold front Sunday afternoon and evening. The River Valley is at greatest risk for the stronger storms. Storms may contain damaging wind and large hail. By 4PM Sunday: Thunderstorms will begin developing along the cold front and track southeast. By 7PM Sunday: Thunderstorms will continue across Logan, Johnson, & Scott county with cooler and drier air arriving into Northwest Arkansas. -Garrett

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